“We deserve an explanation”
Arroyo’s former economic adviser has opposed against the imminent increase in toll fees of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
Starting June 30, motorists would have to pay P2.70 per kilometer, or roughly 320 percent more than the prevailing 82 centavos, for the P30-kilometer stretch from Alabang, Muntinlupa City to Calamba City in Laguna.
Class 1 vehicles would pay P77 from a previous rate of P22. Class 2 vehicles, composed of light trucks and buses, would pay P155 from the current P43. Class 3 vehicles, or the heavy, multi-wheeler trucks, would pay P167 more, from P65 to P232.
The TRB and SLTC have repeatedly defended the planned increase, owing to the major rehabilitation work finished last year. The portion from Filinvest in Alabang to Calamba in Laguna, which now comprises eight lanes instead of four, was also finished in 2009.
The SLEX rehabilitation, which began in 2006, expanded the 1.2-km Alabang Viaduct and the 27.3-km road from Alabang to Calamba. This is connected with the 7.6-km extension from Calamba to Santo Tomas in Batangas province, linking SLEX with the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road or STAR.
The SLEX and STAR connection brings the covered distance to 118 kilometers, the longest expressway in the country.